YMCA adds rubber band gym

WARREN – The Rubber Band Gym has found a new home at the YMCA in Warren.

Frank Calvin said he started the gym on Elm Road after many people expressed interest in using the oversized bands for resistance while they exercised.

Thirty years of working at General Motors combined with running the gym began to take its toll, so he decided it was time to see if the YMCA wanted it.

”We believe this will give our members another option and is a great addition to the YMCA. The rubber band gym is yet another way to offer various programs to our members,” interim executive director of the YMCA Rich Denamen said.

The equipment was moved this summer, and classes are being held for ages 10 and older in the mornings and afternoons.

Calvin said in addition to the former Elm Road location, he was instrumental in getting rubber band gyms set up at high schools in Bristol, Girard, Grand Valley, Newton Falls and Streetsboro.

Marilyn Spahr, an instructor who worked at the Elm Road location, is teaching senior citizens in the morning classes at the YMCA.

“There were people who wanted to exercise and workout early in the morning, so Marilyn agreed to teach those classes,” Calvin said.

He said the rubber band gym offers variable resistance training for speed, flexibility, strength and stretching.

Instructor Brian Jones said many young athletes exercise using the bands as well.

“We started having them come here Saturdays after the football games. Ninety-five percent of the exercising involves the rubber bands,” he said.

Jones said some players come in after school or on the weekend.

Classes are 4 to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 7 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 8 a.m. Saturdays.